guess what, farmy friends?
You made it! This is our last official winter market for 2020. Through the darkness, the cold, and out the other side. The seasonal winds of change are a comin’ and the brightening appearance of springtime is being heralded with a whispering optimism. (Don’t look it in the eye, you might scare it off…)
doughnuts are life
For this week of happy, springiness we’ll start off by talking donuts, Or doughnuts. However you want to spell them, we’ve got ‘em. Who’s had a Yeastie Beastie doughnut yet? What are you waiting for?! Local, handmade, slow risen, giant yeast beasts that they are, made using only local and/or organic ingredients and cooked hot before your very eyes. Dipped in lemon drizzle, dolloped with jam, piled with custard or just simple cinnamon – plus a vegan option now too, hurrah!
And our ladies of all things sweet, Erin and Loren of Lady Hester Donuts are of course with us week in, week out to ensure their dedicated followers are satisfied. This week, mix ‘n’ match between dark chocolate and coconut ganache, preserved lemon curd, salted bay caramel and almonds (we know even Ottelenghi is a fan of these ones!), raspberry and rose jam or blueberry and lime glazed (vegan!).
freshly squeezed + freshly planted
Something special has been squeezed – or pressed! – in the Tasmanian Juice Press warehouse this week. The Reboot Blend juice will take you into the loving arms of carrot, lemon, orange, apple, turmeric, ginger and now horseradish, too (sourced from none other than fellow Producer Xai’s Fresh Vegetables)! “Earthy, spicy and very weather appropriate,” say the boys, this is available as a special in both 750ml and 2L reusable glass bottles.
Valley Fresh Farm have recently re-emerged weekly from their over-winter greenhouses with oodles of incredible greens. Keep an eye out for big bunches of pak choy, silverbeet, rainbow chard, spinach, lettuce leaves and the lovely crisp bitterness of broccoli rabe (rapini). Rob does of course have a plethora of new seedlings ready to go in the thawing ground, too.
With a practically balmy 19 degrees forecast for Sunday it’s time to crack open the Tia Maria and footy franks! Of course, you’ll be going for gourmet free range pork and cheese saveloys from Tamar Artisan Smallgoods, chunky, traditional Toulouse pork snags from Mount Gnomon, Angus beef and stout preservative free sausages from Real Beef or aged dairy beef and herb bangers from Glen Huon Farm (sister to Bruny Island Cheese and Beer Co’s), rather than the Kath and Kim special.
Look out for all your weekly favourites, plus some not-so-weekly ones and head on down to Farm Gate this Sunday for a dose of almost-spring.
This is the last week of celebrating ‘fermentation month’ along with Fermentasmania and Harvest Market. Keep an eye out on our social media pages, as this Sunday we’ll doing a bit of a round up: it’s about ‘fermentation culture’!
If you’d like to learn more about Fermentasmania (a not-for-profit, industry-led cluster of folks who are out to accelerate innovation, growth and collaboration for local Tasmanian fermentation-based enterprises) head to their website: www.fermentasmania.com
Please ensure you’re aware and understand what you need to adhere to at the market each week with regard to Stage Three restrictions/measures. Look at last week’s blog post here for a refresh if you’re unsure, or ask our friendly staff at the gate as you enter.
dog policy update
Last Sunday our market staff and many customers were forced to witness, intervene in and deal with the aftermath of an incredibly traumatising dog attack.
A passing, leashed dog was set upon by a tethered dog, and the distress and injury caused to not just the dogs but to our staff, the people that it took to pull the dog off after a prolonged period, and the hundred witnesses (including children) is something that we, as event organisers, cannot reasonably (or legally) subject our market patrons or staff to.
While this recent incident is one of the worst we have faced, it is by no means the only one, and when combined with the weekly dose of unwarranted abuse directed at us from some dog owners when asked to comply with our no dog policy, we are saying enough is enough.
Following on from this incident we ask that you respect and adhere to the market’s very firm NO DOG policy that forms part of our Conditions of Entry into the market to shop with us. This means no dogs within the vicinity of Bathurst Street between Elizabeth and Murray Streets during Farm Gate Market operating hours. This includes tying your dog up to a railing, pole or other tethering point, and also includes no carrying your dog through the market.
For the sake of all our patrons, the children who attend the market and other dogs, it’s now time to leave your pooch at home. Aggressive dogs pose an obvious danger, but even the best behaved animals can react when stressed or threatened – and an event environment, with its sensory overload of noises, smells, crowds, confined spaces and unpredictable movements by people, is a perfect storm.
We have this policy in order to manage the risk of the worst outcomes occurring.
We have this policy in order to keep everybody safe, including your dogs.
Please treat our staff with respect and politeness as we communicate this message – we’re a small team and we are doing our very best to keep everyone safe and happy each and every Sunday.
*Does not include service + assistance dogs.